What is Redistricting?

 

Redistricting is the process of redrawing our political boundaries for state and federal representation.

This process happens once every 10 years. That means these political boundaries will be used for the next decade. 

Having your district fairly represent your community is essential for ensuring you get the representation you deserve.  

These lines are drawn based on input from advocates, other interested parties and (most importantly) people like you – but only if you make your voice heard. 

Now is the time to get involved! 

Why Does It Matter?

 

Redistricting impacts who runs for office, who is elected, and especially what policies become law.  

Fair maps are essential to making sure your voice is heard. 

More than 48% of New Jersey’s population are people of color. In 11 out of 21 counties, the combined Black, Latina/Latino and Asian population will soon exceed 37% - which would allow for the drawing of people of color coalition districts.  

People have moved in, out and around our state in the last decade.  

New Jersey is not the same as it was 10 years ago. 

Our maps do not reflect who we are.  

We must change that. 

What Is At Stake?

 

Your community and your voice.  

If we don't pay attention, those in power can meet behind closed doors and draw voting maps to benefit themselves, not you.  

Those in power shouldn’t cut up your neighborhoods to suit their needs — your community should be able to come together to elect the person you think best represents you. 

Who Is In Charge Of Redistricting?

 

In New Jersey, for legislative and congressional redistricting, we have bipartisan commissions - an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, with one independent tie-breaker. 

Traditionally, both commissions, either because it is required by the constitution or by custom, hold three public hearings during the process.  

The commissions are required to have geographic diversity in their membership. 

There is no other required public participation component and no other diversity requirement in the makeup of the commissions. 

How Can I Get Involved?

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

The Congressional Redistricting Commission has announced there will be at least 10 public hearings where YOU can speak about your community and its needs.

 

We will add to the list below as new dates become available:

 

  • VIRTUAL: Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m. Register to speak. (Click Oct.23 on the calendar, then click New Jersey Redistricting Commission and then click Registration Form!)

  • IN PERSON: Tuesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. (location info to follow)

  • VIRTUAL: Saturday, October 30 at 10 a.m. (time and registration info to follow)

 

TRAINING SESSIONS: GETTING PREPPED FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS:

You know your neighborhood better than anyone else. You are the expert on your community and its needs.

The Institute will hold sessions to train you on how to tell the people drawing new district lines about your community and its interests in order to optimize your political power.

 

  • VIRTUAL: Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. REGISTER HERE

 

Redistricting is the foundation of our representative democracy. 

All communities – especially historically marginalized communities, like Black and other communities of color – must have a voice in the process.